Chelmsford is fairer with a Lib Dem Council

November 19, 2019 4:34 PM

homeless heroThe Liberal Democrats campaigned in the local elections to make Chelmsford Safer, Greener, Fairer and Better Connected. Below are some of the policy changes and actions that your Liberal Democrat-led City Council has undertaken in the first six months.

Making Chelmsford Fairer

  • Reducing homelessness and rough sleeping a priority. With 15-25 people sleeping rough and 270 homeless families, there is a huge task ahead. The council convened the first ever round-table meeting of over 30 public sector and voluntary organisations dealing with rough sleeping. Under Lib Dem leadership, the council will pro-actively take responsibility for coordinating the way in which rough sleepers' needs are addressed, and not just comply with basic statutory responsibilities.

  • Address the shortage of more affordable homes and the best way of financing them via the new Affordable Housing Working group, which is driving the development of a housing strategy.

  • Agreed a suitable strategy for increasing investment returns.

  • Reviewed and made changes to the Council's property strategy, ensuring that it meets the needs of citizens.

  • Make it easier to apply for grants for local projects by integrating the grants and Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) processes into a single, coherent process.

More news about a fairer Chelmsford

  • gavel on wooden table
    Article: Jun 25, 2022

    Tenants in Chelmsford can feel assured that the council will challenge unfair or unsafe treatment by landlords, after it won a conviction in the courts.

    Chelmsford City Council took Susan Wu to court for illegal eviction and harassment.

    She had unlawfully evicted a family of five from their home in Chelmsford. The locks to the property were changed without the tenants' knowledge that this would happen. They were not given a copy of the new keys, until the council intervened. The keys were then given back to them in the middle of the night.

  • homeless belongings in doorway
    Article: Jun 21, 2022
    In Chelmsford City Life

    A new city-wide initiative has been launched to make it easier for anyone sleeping rough to get help in Chelmsford.

    Street Support is an established, national scheme running throughout the UK. Cities taking part create a bespoke directory of local homelessness and support services. Now, for the first time, there's a dedicated Street Support website and app for Chelmsford.

  • Children eating a school lunch
    Article: Jun 7, 2022

    The government has slashed funding for free school meals for 4-7 year olds in Essex, Southend and Thurrock by £1.5 million in real terms, shocking new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    The party said it is another example of the Conservatives "short-changing our children."

    Children in the Essex County Council area have lost the equivalent of £1,171,603 - more than any other area in the country. Those in Thurrock have lost £154,583 and Southend-on-Sea £138,555.

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    Article: Mar 25, 2022

    The Spring statement was a Sunak Swindle - hiking up people's taxes today while promising to cut them in future.

    Buried in the small print is a tax bombshell that will see the average family paying £1,600 more in taxes over the coming years.

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  • FamilywithBaby
    Article: Mar 4, 2022

    We have a housing crisis in Chelmsford and too many families cannot get the home they need. That was the declaration made by the Lib Dem majority at the recent full meeting of the City Council (but the Conservatives didn't support it).

    A motion moved by Councillor Chris Davidson, Cabinet Member for Fairer Chelmsford, said, "The housing charity Shelter says, 'We live in a country that is feeling the effects of 40 years of failure in housing policy' and believes there are 'six million households whose right to a home is either denied or under threat - that is 9% of the UK population.'